The Priests House

£950 - £3,895 for Venue Hire
Up to 75
4 Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
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An intimate and exclusive wedding venue in the shadow of the ruins of the Grade I listed Barden Tower surrounded by the stunning river and hills of the Upper Wharfedale valley.
The Priests House Pricing & Costs

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Exclusive use of the facility together with chair covers and tiebacks, use of piano, easel etc. We offer ceremony only on all days other than a Saturday (£950 - £1000), a ceremony and wedding breakfast up for to 30 (£1,000 - £1,200) or the full day for up to 75 (£1,995 to £3,495).
What is included in this pricing:
External caterers not permitted
Furniture included
Exclusive use
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)

In-house catering
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A choice of superb 3 course menus to choose from perfectly cooked and presented by our Head Chef, Mark who has been with us for 15 years. The food is to die for! You will not go hungry...
What is included in this pricing:
Table linen included
Multiple course wedding breakfast
Cutlery included
No corkage fee
Bespoke menu available
The Priests House Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Country House
Manor House
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
No. of Bedrooms
Sleeps No. of People
Bridal Suite
Changing Only
Usual Access Time
12:00 PM
Usual Finish Time

Ceremony & Reception

Sound System Available
Dancefloor Available
Confetti Permitted
Wedding Licence


Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Bridal Changing Facilities
Disabled Access
Grade I/II Listed Building
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space
In-House Wedding Coordinator

Food and Drink

In-House Wine List
In-house Catering
Alcohol Licence
The Priests House Full Description
Holding your day in one of the most magical wedding venues in Yorkshire can only add to the occasion. With the magnificent backdrop of the ruins of Barden Tower, this has to be one of the most historic of Yorkshire civil wedding venues. Steeped in romanticism and charm, this totally unique venue is surrounded by some of the best landscape the Yorkshire Dales can offer. The photo opportunities are endless, with superb backdrops of the ruin, the Priests House itself, the orchard, the woods and the valley stretching into the distance. The scenery and mystique of the place is dramatic whatever the season, especially the winter months with the dark nights actually complementing the authenticity of the medieval surroundings. The charming medieval Priests House is able to offer small and intimate weddings in the House ranging from just yourselves or up to 30 guests. With open fires, real oak beams it oozes history and provides a fabulously intimate setting for your wedding breakfast. The Chapel beneath the House was renovated in 2016 and now provides a superb venue for civil ceremonies (up to 85), dining (up to 75) and evening reception. (up to 85). With a baby grand piano you can have some gentle background accompaniment for the meal followed by a DJ or other entertainment later in the evening.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Conor
I'd like to welcome you to The Priests House. I am so proud of this venue and the investment we have made in ensuring the grade 1 building retains its medieval ambience whilst providing as many modern facilities as we can. Whether you have a small, intimate occasion in the House or a full day and evening reception in the Chapel we know you will have a great day. Only ever undertaking one event on any day you will have our undivided attention throughout.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Jemma and Phil
Happy couple married in August
August 2023
Stunning venue and great team
We were blown away with the venue when we had a virtual tour via zoom during covid times, and loved it even more when we saw it in real life. All the team were super helpful especially Conor who ensured our day ran smoothly and kept the groom calm. Nothing was too much trouble and everyone had an amazing day. With a young family the barn worked perfectly for us as a base and to continue the celebrations after the wedding. Couldn’t speak highly enough of the venue and team and have already recommended the venue to friends who are booked in for next year. Thank you everyone. We had the most perfect day, Jemma and Phil x
Jane Wilkinson
Happy couple married in July
July 2023
A perfect venue in the Yorkshire Dales
Hello Connor (Steve, Donna and all lovely staff) We just wanted to let you know how much we appreciated your hard work and making our day very special. The food was fabulous, we had a lot of guests commenting on the food. The presentation of the cake and dessert table was quite amazing. The Chapel looked fabulous and all of you were so very attentive and couldn't have done more. We are so delighted we chose The Priests House so sending a huge thank you and very best wishes as your busy season is in full swing. Warmest Regards Jane & Colin
Mr & Mrs McB
Happy couple married in April
April 2023
Perfect!! From start to finish.
It was an absolutely amazing day. They catered not only for an outstanding venue and location but the flowers too. I adored the bouquets, the font and all the decor provided. The colours in the flowers were perfect I couldn’t have chosen anything better. Food (also provided by The priests House) was gorgeous and plentiful!! From the first day we came to visit we felt comfortable, welcomed not pushed or sold anything totally at ease. Communication up to the wedding was great and the day ran perfectly. No words really do our day justice but perfect venue, perfect decor, tasty food, great staff all made an amazing day that even a few rain showers couldn’t spoil.
Darja and Ben
Happy couple married in November
November 2022
Best day ever thanks to the team at the venue
Hi everyone I know you could tell we were mega happy on the day but I would like to follow it up once again and say the biggest thanks to you, Steve and your team. Conor - you are the best coordinator out there, everyone loved your character I believe you were even invite over the family dinner for xmas :D! Everything was run so smoothly through the day, made us feel so so relaxed - THANK YOU Debbie - your flower arrangements were absolutely gorgeous, the big bouquet near the piano was one of my favorites! Now when our wedding is over - you definitely have to charge people more for flowers! They are amazing and you brought my request into life perfectly - THANK YOU Your team on the day - absolutely lovely bunch, so chatty and supportive, made us feel like home so please pass them our thank you as well. All decorations and food were incredible. The atmosphere was so relaxed and felt like home to us! Best day ever thanks to you :) Food was mega delicious, arancini were fire!! Sorry if we missed something but absolutely everything was perfect and guests were impressed by your venue!!
Mr and Mrs Copeland
Happy couple married in October
December 2022
Autumn twilight wedding
When looking for wedding venues The Priest House instantly caught my eye. As soon as we went to view it we knew it was the venue for us. From the very start until the very end Steve was on the ball with all correspondence. The day ran perfect, we wouldn’t have changed anything. Steve- thank you for all of your help. Mark- thank you for the lovely food. Conor- thank you for making our day run perfect. Debbie- thank you for the most beautiful flowers. Kat- thank you for helping to keep me calm and composed. Bar staff- thank you for been so lovely, smiley and chatty. You are all amazing at what you do and we will be forever grateful for all of your hard work. Without a doubt would recommend the Priests House. The venue, location, the bunk barn which was prefect for guests. It has everything. Thank you again Priests House. Keep doing want your doing.
Katie and Will
Happy couple married in October
December 2022
Absolutely stunning venue - simply perfect!
Me and my husband got married in October this year at The Priests House, Barden Tower and we could not have wished for a more perfect venue! From start to finish, it was a very relaxed experience and we feel it was such a smooth and enjoyable process to get everything organised and into place. Every question was answered promptly and they were so accommodating if we had to change anything last minute. The venue looked absolutely stunning inside and out, the little touches to detail just made it all come to life. We are so grateful for how attentive all the staff members were on our day and to the run up to our wedding, they made us feel so special and looked after. Our flowers were done by one of the owners and they were absolutely gorgeous! Knowing that they were grown on her own allotment made it even more special. The food, from the canapes to the reception dinner and evening hog roast, was truly delicious and we certainly did not go hungry! Great portion sizes and quality food. We still maintain it is the best roast beef we have ever eaten! We would highly recommend the Priests House for a wedding celebration to anyone! All the staff are wonderful, extremely friendly and welcoming and the whole experience felt so personal and tailored to suit us and our needs. We can't thank them enough for making our wedding day such a beautiful, happy and memorable experience.

Wedding Open Day

25th November 2023
An opportunity for a relaxed look around The Priests House, grounds and accommodation from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November. We look forward to seeing you.
The Priests House Location & Contact Details


Barden Tower, Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6AS, England

Travel Notes

Travelling from the South, drive through the arch at Bolton Abbey on the B6160 to Burnsall and carry on for roughly 3 miles. Pass the left turn to Eastby / Embsay and we are on the right - you cannot miss the imposing Tower! Turn off the Sat Nav once you get to Bolton Abbey though or you will end up on a farm!

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The Priests House Press & Awards

Bridebook Awards (1)

Frequently Asked Questions

Describe the best wedding that happened at The Priests House?

All the weddings are the best, in their own individual way, from the really small, intimate ones with just the bride and groom to receptions with a band and dancing.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Relax and enjoy the day. Don't turn it into an art of project management. No one cares if you haven't quite stuck to a predetermined timetable

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

Groom left the wedding used Haribo sweets instead!

Describe The Priests House in 5 adjectives

Historic, spectacular, intimate, exclusive, enchanting

Where’s the best photo spot at The Priests House?

The stairs leading to the Tower, which provides a genuinely historic backdrop.

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at The Priests House?

Quite a few, in particular several weddings with BBC presenters, together with some soap star weddings!

What’s your favourite canapé?

All of them!

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Saying goodbye to the lovely and emotional couple having had such a wonderful day.

What is The Priests House most unique feature?

Its uniqueness. The venue and site is grade 1 listed being part of the curtilage of Barden Tower. It has that genuine historical ambience whilst also having subtle modern improvements.

What part of your business are you most proud of?

The personal touch we bring to weddings. Also the refurbishment of the Chapel - taken 12 years to get there but well worth it.

Bridebook Benefits

Bridebook GiftBottle of Prosecco for the couple.
Bridebook Special OfferBottle of Prosecco for the couple.